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1 EVALUATION IN THE GEF Juha Uitto Director
GEF Independent Evaluation Office May 2015

2 Monitoring <-> Evaluation

3 GEF M&E Policy Defines the concepts, role, and use of monitoring and evaluation within the GEF Defines the institutional framework and responsibilities. Indicates the GEF minimum M&E requirements covering: project design, application of M&E at the project level, and project evaluation. Current M&E Policy Approved by GEF Council in November 2010

4 M&E in the GEF: Objectives
Promote accountability for the achievement of GEF objectives through the assessment of results, effectiveness, processes, and performance of the partners involved in GEF activities. Promote learning, feedback, and knowledge sharing on results and lessons learned among the GEF and its partners as a basis for decision making on policies, strategies, program management, programs, and projects; and to improve knowledge and performance.

5 Separate reporting lines for Monitoring (through Secretariat) and Evaluation (through Independent Evaluation Office) GEF Council Annual evaluation reports Overall Performance Study (to Assembly) Annual Work Program and Budget Annual Monitoring Report Evaluation Management Response Programming documents and indicators Results Based Management Agency evaluation units GEF Independent Evaluation Office GEF Secretariat Corporate evaluations Project and Program Independent evaluations Project and Program evaluations Project and Program Implementation Reports Agency Portfolio Reports Project documents with M&E plans Agency GEF coordination units Project and Program Implementation Reports Project and Program monitoring documentation Terminal evaluations GEF projects and programs

6 M&E Key Responsibilities in GEF
Partner Key Roles and Responsibilities in M&E GEF Council Policy-making Oversight Enabling environment for M&E GEF Independent Evaluation Office Independent GEF evaluation Oversight of M&E Setting minimum requirements for evaluation GEF Secretariat GEF Results Based Management (monitoring and reporting) Review of GEF M&E requirements in project proposals Agency GEF operational units Monitoring of the Agency GEF portfolio Ensure M&E at the project level Agency evaluation units Project and/or corporate Agency evaluations Mainstreaming GEF into relevant Agency evaluation STAP Advice on scientific/technical matters in M&E Support to scientific and technical indicators Participating Countries Collaboration on M&E at portfolio and project levels Stakeholders Participation in monitoring activities and mechanisms Providing views and perceptions to evaluations

7 GEF Independent Evaluation Office
Mission Enhance global environmental benefits through excellence, independence and partnership in monitoring and evaluation. Principles Impartiality Professionalism Transparency Created by decision of the May 2003 GEF Council. Added to the GEF Instrument in April 2014. There are different kinds of evaluations that different parties conduct. Types of Evaluations: Project Evaluations Program Evaluations Country Level Evaluations Impact Evaluations Cross-cutting and thematic evaluations Process and performance evaluations Ad-hoc Reviews Comprehensive Evaluations

8 GEF IEO GEF-6 Work Program
The IEO will continue to provide feedback on the performance, results, and impacts of GEF support. The GEF-6 Work Program will be organized around key issues derived from the Sixth Replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund and relevant to the GEF 2020 Strategy, such as: The extent, mechanisms, and conditions by which GEF support has identified and delivered integrated solutions and multiple benefits. The extent, mechanisms, and conditions by which GEF support has addressed drivers of environmental degradation. The performance of the GEF, including issues related to the GEF 2020 Strategy core operational principles.

9 IEO Work Program for GEF-6
Mainstreaming of KM and Gender in all evaluations Multiple Benefits and Integrated Approaches: Evaluation of Multiple Benefits in the GEF Evaluation of Programmatic Approaches Midterm Review of Integrated Programs Addressing Drivers of Global Environmental Change: Joint Impact Evaluation of GEF Support to Protected Areas and Protected Area Systems: Strategic Country-Level and Cluster Evaluations Evaluating GEF Performance: Annual Performance Report Evaluation of the Performance of the CSO Network LDCF/SCCF Annual Evaluation Reports Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF: GEF in the Changing Environmental Finance Landscape Focuses on GEF strategies and approaches, as well as its relevance and performance and demonstrated strengths in the changing environmental finance architecture. Evaluative evidence will be collected from several evaluations, such as: CSO Network Private Sector Non-grant Financing STAR Gender Equality Action Plan Adaptation to Climate Change

10 Policy, Guidance and KM Policy, Guidance, and Methodological Development: GEF M&E Policy Terminal Evaluation Guidelines Impact Evaluation Guidelines and Handbook Guidance on Evaluating Gender in GEF Programming KM and Learning: KM needs assessment. Develop knowledge, learning, and communications strategy for GEF-6. Review the GEF-6 KM strategy and work plan of the GEF Secretariat. Conduct a KM needs assessment to determine: The level of use of IEO products Collect information on the most appropriate and preferred communication formats Identify priorities and topics for future learning products Engage stakeholders at key points of an evaluation by developing a KM and communication plan.

11 Office Initiatives Climate-Eval Community of Practice
Participation in Conferences: Evaluating Sustainable Development and NRM 4th International Conference on National Evaluation Capacities Participation in GEF Meetings and Evaluation Networks: Continue developing instructional and learning products to facilitate lessons learned from evaluations. Develop new training materials to be distributed during ECWs in coordination with the GEF Country Support Program. Maintain an active role in networks. Maintain an active role in networks such as: UN Evaluation Group Evaluation Cooperation Group Results, Measurement and Evidence Stream of the World Bank Group International Development Evaluation Association Universities Research institutes


13 Terminal Evaluations Guidelines
The GEF M&E Policy and Terminal Evaluations Guidelines Aaron Zazueta Chief Evaluation Officer May, 2015

14 Overview Minimum M& E requirements in the GEF M & E Policy
Terminal Evaluation Guidelines and Reviews Management response and management action record A dynamic process. Full Agency M&E requirements are expected to be applied to GEF projects

15 M&E: Minimum Requirement 1
Design of M&E Plans Concrete and fully budgeted M&E plan by CEO endorsement for FSP and CEO approval for MSP. Project logical frameworks should align with GEF focal area results frameworks. M&E Plan should include: SMART indicators Specific measurable, achievable and attributable, relevant and realistic, (OPS 5 found this is critical) time-bound, trackable and targeted Baseline data for M&E by CEO endorsement Mid Term Reviews (where required or foreseen) and Terminal Evaluations included in plan Organizational set up and budget for M&E

16 M&E: Minimum Requirement 2
Implementation of M&E Plans Project/program monitoring and supervision will include execution of the M&E plan: Use of SMART indicators for process and implementation Use of SMART indicators for results Baseline for the project is fully established and data are compiled to review progress Organizational set up for M&E is operational and its budget is spent as planned

17 M&E: Minimum Requirement 3
Project/Program Evaluations: All full sized projects and programs will be evaluated at the end of implementation Evaluations should: Be independent of project management or reviewed by GEF Agency evaluation unit Apply evaluation norms and standards of the GEF Agency Assess, as a minimum, outputs and outcomes, likelihood of sustainability, compliance with Minimum Requirements 1 & 2 Contain basic project data and lessons on the evaluation itself (including TORs) Should be sent to GEF IEO within 12 months of completion of project/program Guidelines for Terminal Evaluations

18 M&E: Minimum Requirement 4
Engagement of Operational Focal Points M&E plans should include how OFPs will be engaged OFPs to be informed on M&E activities, including Mid Term Reviews and Terminal Evaluations, receiving drafts for comments and final reports OFPs invited to contribute to the management response (where applicable) GEF Agencies keep track of the application of this requirement in their GEF financed projects and programs OFPs can if they wish under take monitoring or evaluation of projects of country portfolio.

19 Terminal Evaluation Guidelines Purpose of terminal evaluations
Track performance of GEF portfolio Provide feedback on GEF portfolio performance Synthesize lessons that may help improve GEF functioning

20 Terminal Evaluation Guidelines Evaluation Criteria
Relevance. The extent to which the activity is suited to local and national development priorities and organizational policies, including changes over time Effectiveness. The extent to which an objective has been achieved or how likely it is to be achieved Efficiency. The extent to which results have been delivered with the least costly resources possible; also called cost effectiveness or efficacy Results/Impact. The positive and negative, and foreseen and unforeseen, changes to and effects produced by a development intervention Sustainability. The likely ability of an intervention to continue to deliver benefits for an extended period of time after completion. Projects need to be environmentally as well as financially and socially sustainable

21 Terminal Evaluation Guidelines Role of Agencies
Are carried out by Agencies at project completion Follow GEF IEO Terminal Evaluation Guidelines Done 6 months (±) of project completion Reviewed by Agency evaluation office ( WB, UNDP and UNEP) Submitted to the GEF IEO within 12 months of evaluation completion

22 Terminal Evaluation Reviews by the GEF IEO
GEF IEO reviews Terminal evaluations not reviewed by the Agency Evaluation Offices Random “spot checking” for the terminal evaluations reviewed by the Agency Evaluation Offices Primary reviewers prepare draft reviews Peer reviewers provide feedback If required senior reviewers confirm the findings Draft reviews shared with Agencies Agency feedback incorporated

23 Terminal Evaluation Review
The Annual Performance Report (APR) presents aggregated ratings for the portfolio on: Outcomes Sustainability Supervision M&E Progress to Impact First presented in OPS 5, focus on GEF contributions to long term processes

24 Management Response and Follow up to Evaluations
A management response is required for all evaluations and performance reports presented to the GEF Council by the GEF IEO. It is coordinated by GEF CEO with inputs from other GEF stakeholders. GEF Council takes into account both the evaluation and the management response when taken a decision. GEF IEO reports on implementation of decisions annually trough Management Action Record (MAR). IEO is available to provide information on management requests Examples are: OPS 5 follow-up in RBM, Gender, KM


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